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- Storm Story by Heidi Harris
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We’ve had a couple of CDs in from this lady already which Brian and Mike were rather taken by so I’m quite curious to check this out and happily it looks like it’s my turn to review her so that’s two birds with one robot. It’s one of those really limited CDrs that Old Man Linney at Reverb Worship sends us and I can immediately hear what all the fuss was about.
Harris weaves looped compositions with spare percussion, sultry gospel-soul inflected vocals and sure-footed spidery melodies and delicate flourishes on guitar, piano, clarinet, melodica, violin and more, often harmonising with herself in layers of swelling vocals, all carving out desolate, nimbly intangible soundscapes which sometimes recall Josh T Pearson’s loose-picked invocations mixed with the near-ambient ghostpop moments of the first Julia Holter LP. ‘The Good Bone Diggers reprise’ has a slightly in-the-red vocal take that sounds almost like Tori Amos along with some aggressively slow picked guitar and ghostly background weirdness. There’s an almost show-tune-esque piano ballad called ‘To Haunt You’ which was apparently written by Pierre Laplace(?!), who also plays piano, but then that’s immediately tempered with the weird dubbed-out ambient experimentalism of ‘You On Stage’.
As we go through the album the aesthetic is clearly laid out - sensuous torch songs with ethereal vocals over knowingly playful backdrops which straddle the line between order and chaos, plans and accidents, gently teasing subtle polyrhythms and seductive melodies from sparse, folksy instrumentation and plenty of string squeak and fret buzz, like an earthier Ela Orleans. Heidi Harris is clearly a massive talent and fans of ethereal experimental pop would be well advised to get their hands on one of these while they still can.
10/10 ROGER LINNEY Customer review, 21st September 2012
The original idea for Heidi's "Storm Story" album came about whilst we were discussing the the musical content for her previous release "Sand In The Line".Heidi sent me a selection of music to listen to and consider.Amongst all of this music were alternative versions of various songs.Some of these versions* were quite different to the ones chosen on "Sand In The Line".Having said that, they were actually superb in their own right and were simply too good not to see the light of day.Eventually we agreed on a final tracklisting and the album title..."Storm Story".What we have here is a gorgeous eight track album which has been compiled from music recorded more or less over a two year period.This album has been so beautifully assembled by Heidi.Listening to it, it sounds as if this music has been composed as a complete album.Kicking off with "Devils Tree" and then "Wall Of Night" with its repetative percussive patterns and multi-part harmonies.Next is "Table Wave" featuring Jessie Shaffer on violin and supporting vocals.Tracks four and five are "The Good Bone Diggers Reprise"* and "Sand In The Line song sketch #7"* which features Christen Napier on jaw harp.The sixth track is the very lovely "To Haunt You".Written by Pierre Laplace who also plays piano.Finally we have "You On Stage" and the epic "Storm Story" which is very atmospheric and moves through various phases during its twelve minutes plus playing time.Overall this album is not to be missed.The covers are printed on 200 g/m2 photographic paper.The inserts are printed on 120 gsm white card.Available now in a hand numbered edition of 80 copies.
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